Sky's made its own surround sound TV speaker with Devialet

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

Rooyen continued: "That's why we've partnered with audio industry leaders Devialet to launch Sky Soundbox and take the TV experience to the next level for our customers".

The Sky Soundbox will go on sale at an unspecified date in autumn 2017, and will cost £799.

The bar measures in at 37.5 cm x 21 cm x 9.5 cm but its headline feature is Devialet's "spatial surround sound".

United Kingdom broadcaster Sky has partnered with high-end audio maker Devialet to launch its very own sound bar.

You can find out more details about the new Sky Soundbox over at Sky at the link below, the device is compatible with Sky+, Sky Q and also for standard TVs without Sky.

When paired with the Sky Q STB, viewers will unlock Sky Q Sound, a DSP sound mode designed by Devialet to automatically refine the audio for a range of Sky's entertainment and sports content.

Sky Soundbox was created alongside audio firm Devialet
SKYSky Soundbox was created alongside audio firm Devialet

Given just how competitive the sound bar market is-Sonos recently released its TV-focused Sonos Playbase to high praise for £700-the Sky Soundbox at £800 seems like a tough sell versus tried-and-true products.

"Sound is the future of television", declared Quentin Sannié, Chief Executive, Devialet.

"This first partnership illustrates our ability to pursue Devialet's vision to enable revolutionary experiences through audio, and bring them to the widest number of people through partnerships with like-minded companies who are looking to challenge the status quo".

The Sky Soundbox also offers dynamic volume management, to maximise dialogue clarity. A Dialogue enhance mode bumps up the speech in movies and shows, a late night mode decreases bass to ensure you don't annoy the neighbours, and a kids mode gives parents control over maximum volume to protect the hearing of children. Current and new Sky customers will pay GBP 299, while new and existing Sky Q Multiscreen will be able to get the system for GBP 249. Following a free software update rolling out later this summer, Sky Q customers will be able to enjoy 124 live Premier League games with Dolby Atmos sound and UHD visuals.

Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology, first developed in 2012, that pimps 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound setups by adding Atmos speakers all around the room, or, in the case of soundbars, up-firing drivers send sound overhead to create the impression that the user is enveloped in a "sound bubble".

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